C.A.E. 'Punisher' X Variant
The Punisher X is the most advanced and dangerous Wrecker active after The Collapse. It is almost without weakness, clad head to toe in thick composite armour and able to operate with deadly efficiency at range or in melee. This Wrecker was the final variant to roll off the CAE Systems assembly lines in Warton before critical fuel shortages forced the factory to shut its doors for the final time. Boasting technology far beyond the ability of most Machinists to comprehend, the Punisher X is the ultimate in battlefield technology and is more than capable of prevailing against the superior numbers of lesser factions. The Punisher X is powered using a miniaturized nuclear power core and hence is only fielded in the most significant matches; very few of these remain in the world and Liberty Division are loathe to risk their most valuable assets.
Panther Robotics 'Infiltrator'
Nicknamed ‘Sneaky Pete’ by the US infantry forces during the 2nd Mexican War, the Panther Robotics 'Infiltrator' was a game-changer in the field of modern small unit tactics. Equipped with the very latest in stealth and evasion technology the Infiltrator was able to operate behind enemy lines with impunity. Over the years this Wrecker has changed very little, software upgrades and improved sensors have allowed it to keep pace with developments in electronic counter measures but its primary function has remained the same. Many enemies of the state have found their last words punctuated by sharp whistle as the Infiltrator calls down long ranged death, fading away as the world around it erupts in a cataclysm of high explosive destruction. Since The Collapse this little robot has found a useful niche on the wrecking grounds of faction conflict. Using its advanced target marking functionality, it identifies weak points in lumbering opponents for the much less subtle Tyrant battle tank to exploit.
EagleTech 'Malphas' Gunship
Air superiority has always been a hallmark of the military power of affluent nations and the evolution and successes of the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator at the start of the 21st Century led to an explosion in drone technology. As robotics came to dominate military research and development it was no surprise that the helicopter gunship soon received an upgrade. The Malphas Gunship was one of many unmanned flyers that were deployed to great effect in remote theatres of war, seeing action in the jungles of South America and even during the Arctic oil conflicts of 2083-84. Now found swooping low between the broken girders of ruined cities, the Malphas is the modern master of guerilla warfare, striking from above before fading back into the smog.
C.A.E. 'Wretch' II
Conflict at the start of the twenty first century had shifted towards guerrilla warfare and small unit tactics. As duty tours extended beyond the practical limitations of human soldiers military organisations turned to the burgeoning robotics industry for an answer. C.A.E Robotics quickly identified resupply issues of one of the key weakness of human units; a robot’s ability to operate autonomously for extended periods of time was the key. In response, the Wretch was equipped with a compact, long life nuclear core that allowed it to operate for months on end. Built to last, it is a simple, heavily armoured Wrecker that requires no ammunition, rarely breaks down and requires only a simple set of operating parameters – seek and destroy.
Where the Infiltrator was designed to operate behind enemy lines, the Shadow fulfilled a more traditional role, ranging ahead of the slower Tyrant Tanks and Punishers ensuring the Division was well furnished with real time intelligence updates. Not the most glamorous of machines it is little more than an armoured car with a robotic core and remote interface. Importantly though, it is cheap to manufacture and requires none of the advanced servos and circuitry of the much more complex and expensive mainline Wreckers. After The Collapse, the Shadow has become the most ubiquitous of Liberty Division combatants, easy to repair and in no need of the miniaturised nuclear cores of the Punisher and Wretch. Armed with a small calibre turret it is more than able to defend itself and can frequently use its speed to pile shots in the vulnerable flanks and rear of enemies.
The Liberty Division has established a rigorous Machinist selection and training process, pioneering command and control techniques that allow their often-outnumbered Wreckers to bring their superior firepower to bear with brutal efficiency. Major Orlena has been the architect of this programme; a 20 year veteran of the military system, she has lost none of her discipline in the anarchic post-collapse theatre of operations. Not afraid to lead by example she will frequently take on the most challenging matches, demonstrating to her cadets how the advanced technology of the Division can overwhelm the superior numbers of cruder machines driven by lesser factions
Orlena is a stern woman; fiercely patriotic, she refuses many of the luxuries enjoyed by Machinists and disapproves of the lifestyle some of her superiors have adopted. Despite her refusal to indulge in the wealth the Division has accrued, her skill driving Wrecker Arrays has seen her promoted swiftly. In large part this is due to a combat doctrine that frequently sees her returning to base with all machines intact. This is invaluable to Liberty Division, as they must carefully marshal their resources; the advanced nature of their Wreckers make repairs difficult and replacement impossible. Her seniority and skill cannot protect her forever though; even as she delivers a procession of trained Machinists, those in command worry that she cannot get on-board with new direction of the unit.
Much of The Collapse was predicated on the increasing scarcity of fossil fuels. As middle eastern oil fields ran dry, we drilled deeper and wider, venturing into the depths of the oceans and mounting ever costlier expeditions to the farthest reaches of the earth. It was not just the oil, gas and coal that ran short though, the Robot Revolution placed an increasing emphasis on rare earth minerals. Our demand for more advanced circuitry, processors and cabling far outstripped the planet’s ability to keep up. As the crisis became increasingly inevitable, essential emergency services were prioritised and very quietly a small group of far sighted individuals began to stockpile. Now, the conflict is over; the bullets have been spent, the shells fired and the tanks have spluttered to a halt. In this world, prudence is a virtue, and behind the chain-link fences and guard towers of Camp Winter the commanders of Liberty Division have been very prudent indeed.
It was no surprise that in the years following The Collapse, national militaries fractured into rogue forces, exercising the power that access to restricted military robotics gave them. It became increasingly obvious that the civilian politicians elected to oversee them had been bought and paid for and, with admirable pragmatism, many unit commanders decided that motivated self-interest was a much more profitable endeavour. Liberty Division are one of many such units; operating out of Camp Winter they have built a heavily fortified home and jealously guard their precious technology from those who would seek to turn it against them.